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CP grilled for over 7 hrs, to face more questions

SHILLONG: Kolkata Police commissioner Rajeev Kumar faced seven and-a-quarter hours of “intense” interrogation in two rounds at CBI’s Shillong place of job on Saturday. Most of the questions excited by reconstructing events connected with the Saradha probe that started in April 2013, when he was Bidhannagar Police commissioner, and some “proof and paperwork” that, in keeping with CBI officers, had gone “missing”.

Things may get extra sophisticated for Kumar on Sunday, when he must appear again at CBI’s Oakland place of job for wondering, as CBI has also summoned former Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha MP Kunal Ghosh — a vocal Kumar critic — to the similar place of job on the same time.

Ghosh was arrested in 2013 by way of the Bengal government’s Special Investigation Team. He shot off a 91-page “tell-all” letter to CBI in June 2014, a couple of months after his arrest, wondering the state police and government’s function within the Saradha probe. The former MP arrived in Shillong on Saturday. “I have been asked by way of CBI to achieve its Shillong place of job at 10 am on Sunday,” he mentioned. Kumar must succeed in the CBI place of job by way of 10.30 am.

Officials mentioned many of the inquiries to Kumar on Saturday revolved across the events that passed off in April 2013 and his function because the Bidhannagar Police commissioner. Bidhannagar Police had registered its first FIR in opposition to Saradha Group mastermind Sudipta Sen and others on April 16, 2013, and the Bengal government formed an SIT to probe the rip-off on April 26. A part of CBI’s questions also revolved across the events of a couple of days earlier than that; Sen slipped out of Kolkata greater than a week earlier than April 13 after writing a letter to CBI’s Anti-Corruption Branch that named political bigwigs with whom he used to deal.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked Kumar to face the CBI at “a impartial venue” however restrained the central agency from taking any coercive action, including arresting him. The SC order adopted a dramatic CBI “special operation” on the KP commissioner’s respectable Loudon Street place of dwelling remaining Sunday, which precipitated Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee to launch a dharna at Esplanade (the dharna was called off after the SC order).

“The KP commissioner is perhaps questioned further and so we would no longer like to comment on our questions,” an respectable mentioned.

The first CBI workforce of six officials led by way of deputy superintendent Tathagata Bardhan (who was a part of the workforce that went to Kumar’s place of dwelling remaining Sunday) started the wondering on Saturday morning. The focal point was at the proof and paperwork that had allegedly gone missing. The CBI, in its affidavit to the SC, alleged that some an important “authentic, number one and fundamental proof” was handed over to “the primary accused particular person” (Sen). These, officers mentioned, integrated laptops, cellphones and other proof.

Kumar’s commentary will now be cross-checked with that of Sen’s aide Debjani Mukherjee’s commentary to the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate.

CBI officials Jagrup S Gusinha and Partha Mukherjee, who filed the affidavit within the SC, have been a part of the primary workforce of interrogators. A 2nd workforce joined the wondering around five.30pm and Saturday’s interrogation persevered till after at 7.15pm.

Kumar’s legal recommend, former Mizoram advocate-general and lately “Trinamool Congress observer” Biswajit Deb, asked the CBI at the modalities of the interrogation earlier than the day’s session started. Kumar wanted the entire wondering to be video-recorded, he mentioned, and the CBI acceded to this request.

KP further commissioner (I) Jawed Shamim, KP Special Task Force deputy commissioner Murlidhar Sharma and Deb accompanied Kumar when he stepped into the CBI place of job after 10.45am. Both Shamim and Sharma left the CBI place of job around midday and Deb, too, left after some time. An STF workforce, led by way of a senior inspector, alternatively, kept watch from out of doors.

“The police commissioner has cooperated with the CBI for almost 8 hours. He has been asked to come back again,” Deb mentioned earlier than the workforce left the CBI place of job within the evening

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